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    Hello, I need a bit of advice on a few things....

    I'm thinking of doing work experience in the USA next summer from like late May to early September through CCUSA. I will be doing the independent option, so finding work by myself.

    I'm thinking of doing maybe retail work over there in NY or LA? I won't have to pay for accommodation as I can stay at my cousins.

    I know the experience of working there will be very good....but actually how hard is it to find a job over there and is it actually a worthwhile thing to do? eg would I actually break even?

    and what happens if I pay the fee, then don't get a job!

    I've been thinking about all these questions for over a week so if anyone has done this scheme before...please reply, thank you!
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    Hey,

    I havent done the scheme before but I'm in it now.

    I dont know about ccusa but bunac give you a directory of employers to contact and I contacted a few in there and now have a job confirmed with free accomodation and food

    The fees are mainly for the guidance through all the forms etc, and they can be really useful and a good support once you're out there too.

    I suggest if you're wantingto live with your cousin ask them to find some places where you could contact to ask them. LA and NY are very far apart and commuting from one side of the country to the other is literally impossible.

    I think its worthwhile, but the thing that makes it worthwhile is the experience, maybe do a trekamerica or something afterwards to fulfil the opportunites out there. if you literally want a job to make money i'd seriously reconsider the US as you probably will break even on costs and stuff..

    & if you dont get a job i think you can ask for a return fee like 3 months before at the lateest... but you should really ask ccusa.. and you wont get the full amount back either.

    Hope I helped

    (Original post by videologic)
    Hello, I need a bit of advice on a few things....

    I'm thinking of doing work experience in the USA next summer from like late May to early September through CCUSA. I will be doing the independent option, so finding work by myself.

    I'm thinking of doing maybe retail work over there in NY or LA? I won't have to pay for accommodation as I can stay at my cousins.

    I know the experience of working there will be very good....but actually how hard is it to find a job over there and is it actually a worthwhile thing to do? eg would I actually break even?

    and what happens if I pay the fee, then don't get a job!

    I've been thinking about all these questions for over a week so if anyone has done this scheme before...please reply, thank you!
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    (Original post by videologic)
    Hello, I need a bit of advice on a few things....

    I'm thinking of doing work experience in the USA next summer from like late May to early September through CCUSA. I will be doing the independent option, so finding work by myself.

    I'm thinking of doing maybe retail work over there in NY or LA? I won't have to pay for accommodation as I can stay at my cousins.

    I know the experience of working there will be very good....but actually how hard is it to find a job over there and is it actually a worthwhile thing to do? eg would I actually break even?
    I've done WorkAmerica with BUNAC, and now work for them so happy to help! When I did the programme I found it pretty easy to find a job, I just went around the touristy areas as soon as I got out there in June and handed out my CV to lots of shops and restuarants who were hiring for their peak season.

    Finding an internship (part time) was slightly more difficult but still do-able, it just took slightly longer.
    All in all, it was the best thing I've done - I got great experience, made loads of friends, got to do things I never would have done if I had stayed at home for the summer. Also, I think when you live somewhere (as opposed to just go on holiday there) you get such a better experience and more of a sense of what it's like to really be in that country, you're more like a local that a tourist!

    Hope this helps! www.bunac.org.uk/workamerica
 
 
 
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